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. >>> american spy secrets exposed? iran claims it has hacked into a captured u.s. drone. we have a live report. >>> and, john t is high drama on capitol hit. president obama's big pick for cia director up for con fir make in a few hours. but will members of his own party derail it? >> i don't know. >> lots of drama. good morning. welcome to "early start." i'm zoraida sambolinment. >> i'm john berman. it's thursday, february 7th. 5:00 a.m. in the east. let's get started. up first, brace yourselves, bundle up, buy a shovel. this will be a big one. at this moment a blaizzard watc is in effects for new england. a storm is headed that way and could be historihistoric. it could drop two feet of snow in some places and it all starts tomorrow. you told us this was coming yesterday, you were on top of this one. >> we're trying. boston could rival its worst blizzard from 2003 which had 27 1/2 inches. all of this talks about two storm systems coming together. the first one here, notice in the south, all instability, a tornado warming out there for plaquemines parish. this is moving off to the east. we wi
: that's right. the u.s. navy quickly assembling what records it has on this man. and telling us he was a navy reservist. just until a few days ago, he separated from the naval service. we don't know when the last time is he showed up. but he has shooting expertise. let's go through it. according to navy records, he has been awarded the rifle marksman ribbon and the pistol expert medal. these are awarded for achieving a certain level of shooting accuracy at various distances. let's be clear. the plan is not a navy commander, he's not a navy s.e.a.l. he held a number of jobs as a reservist in navy security operations. in fact, he went to iraq, we are told, and had a job providing military security on iraqi oil platforms, to have that job, it is most likely we are told he did receive some advanced weapons training. you will remember back in those days, those oil platforms, a lot of concern about small boat attacks, sniper attacks, that sort of thing. so he clearly has a certain level, a worrisome level of weapons expertise. the police know this. they know what they are dealing with. w
't giving up yet. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." cutting our pay. that's how one u.s. officer says u.s. troops view the recommendation for a smaller pay increase in 2014. no one goes into the military to get rich but most servicemen and women need every dollar in their paycheck. so worried that next paycheck may be smaller is not going over well among the troops. our pentagon correspondent barbara starr has the details. she's working the story. barbara, what's going on? >> wolf, in this town, there's nothing that causes more anxiety in budget politics than the concept of cutting the pay for the troops. but that is exactly what is on the table if congress and the president cannot reach an agreement on a spending plan. the troops usually are happy to see defense secretary leon panetta, smiles and handshakes all around. but days before he leaves office, panetta has bad news. he's proposing less money in their paycheck next year. panetta, a savvy washington operative in budget politics, is leaving it to congress to figure out how not to cut pay and keep thousands of defen
police officers murdered -- injured, i should say, wolf. now back to you. >> he was a u.s. navy reserve lieutenant and we are told in the navy he was rated as a rifle marksman and pistol expert, according to his navy records. he was fired by the police department of los angeles four years ago. do we know what triggered four years later this rampage? >> reporter: well, he he brought up charges against an officer saying that this officer kicked a homeless man. it was determined later, according to police reports, that these charges were false by dorner. after a while, he was subsequently fired and he refers to that time and time again in his manifesto as the reason that he would wage a vendetta against officers, wolf. >> do we know what he's been doing for the last four years since he was fired from the lapd? >> reporter: unclear from this side in riverside. >> paul vercammen. thank you. we're going to stay on top of this story during our 6:00 p.m. hour. we're going to speak with chief police moose who was linked to the d.c. sniper. >>> let's move to today's dramatic confrontation up on c
afternoon through saturday morning. we'll continue to monitor here at cnn. >>> also new this morning, u.s. secrets possibly exposed. iran claiming it's decoded now released some footage from a downed u.s. drone. the man identified as a member of iran's military narrated the black and white aerial footage as it was broadcast on iranian state media. he claims that it's a drone that iran downed back in 2011. >>> also this morning, president obama giving in to congressional demands. he will release classified documents that explain the legal justification for drone strikes that kill u.s. terror suspects overseas. >>> and adding to the drama, john brennan, the president's pick to head the cia and the architect of the drone policy, he'll appear before the senate intelligence committee today. lots to talk about with barbara starr who's following all these developments for us this morning from the pentagon. barbara, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, soledad. all about spice and drones this morning, isn't it? well, this video has not yet been confirmed as the genuine article by the administ
change. organizers claim it is the biggest rally of its kind ever in the u.s. we have a reporter who braved the cold to stand in the crowd. going to take you there in a moment. >>> pope benedict xvi led tens of thousands in a prayer for strength. this morning, he gave his second-to-last prayer as pontiff and thanked his followers for their support. last week, the 85-year-old pope announced he is resigning because of advanced age. >>> in los angeles, dozens of protesters gather outside the lapd headquarters. they carried signs supporting renegade ex-cop and cop killer, christopher dorner them don't support dorner's deadly rampage but say the accusations of corruption, racism, even brutality against the lapd need to be addressed so this doesn't happen again. >> i think there are a lot of honest policemen out there trying to help the people. but it just is atrocious what mr. dorner did and we don't want it to happen again. >> now, our nick valencia is here with me today. nick, you were out in los angeles. it seems a little bit odd that people would actually support a cop killer. what is
, if you will. it's the same thing you have a lot of times in the u.s. >> the victim's cousin, you heard her. she said something that the judge also said. the unanswered question, any one of us, i would imagine, would hear an intruder, you're going to nudge your wife or your girlfriend or whoever you're in bed with. >> maybe you didn't want to nudge her so she would be startled so somebody would see where she was. we have a tendency here in the u.s., and i know it was the cousin saying it, we have a tendency to project on what our cultural norms on to them. you're talking about somebody -- >> we don't love our spouses more than south africa. >> a gated community where there's a culture of fear where there's this idea people are doing home invasions and that nature. >> you don't represent him right now. i know you're an expert defense attorney. i mean, come on. >> if i think somebody is already inside of the the room, i'm not going to turn on lights so they can find me. >> i mean, come on, is exactly the right answer. this is the preposterous part. he says he goes to pick up the fan from
discharged from the u.s. navy reserve earlier this year. in fact, just a short time ago, after serving in several overseas jobs. basically as a security officer. he was a lieutenant. he had weapons training in the navy. but not a commando, not a navy s.e.a.l., this was basic security work. nonetheless, he had two awards critically. the rifle marksman ribbon, and the pistol expert medal. this meant he had some qualifications in shooting at some expert level at particular distances or ranges. i think, though, very clear we should also understand that he had expertise through his service as a police officer. many people, many police officers serve in the military reserve, and they have a lot of weapons expertise due to all of that. still, very concerning, obviously, because of his background. >> were you able to learn anything about did the military have any information on his mental health? >> reporter: well, this would be a matter of privacy concerns. but at the moment, they wouldn't publicly release that. at the moment, very preliminary, there is no indication of that, because he was h
, according to the u.s. coast guard they're probably less than 50 miles away from mobile right now. that might sound pretty close, but it's probably going to feel like an eternity before they get here. there was a flurry of activity last night with helicopters delivering new supplies to the ship and some new generators, so that sort of implies that they might have some means to have more electricity on board and everyone to have perhaps more food and more water before they get here. but once they do arrive here, that's when things are going to start moving relatively quickly for the 3100 passengers on board. here the plans have already been made to have buses waiting for them to take them back to their cars in galveston, texas, so they can drive right home tonight if they want to or they can take them to a hotel where you can bet there will be plenty of people anxious to get to that first hot shower they have had in quite some time. you think about this, soledad, this ship was supposed to arrive in galveston, texas, on sunday. they're now 500 miles off course and five days overdue. >> or they
here with us today. u.s. forest service, big bear fire, u.s. marshal, fbi, cal fire, orange county sheriff, riverside police, irvine police, pomona police as well as the san burnernardino police department. we're committed to continuing this operation. we still have a number of patrol cars providing extra service to the citizens of the big bear area, making sure that they stay as safe as possible. we'll continue the search, and i also have with me assistant chief mike moore from the los angeles police department. >> thank you, sheriff. good evening. this complex and violent investigation has led to this mountain. joining sheriff john mcmahon and the men and women of the san bernardino sheriff's department, am men and women of the los angeles police department, riverside, and others, we're committed to sharing everything bit of information, working in concert with them and apprehending this individual and adding whatever information we can to help these men and women up here find this individual. thank you. >> thank you, assistant chief. we have been in constant communication with o
with the bus. >> reporter: we understand that the bus was registered to national city. that's right on the u.s./mexico bord border. not uncommon for people from the u.s. and tee juty jua-- tijuana trips together. the bus was going down a straightaway and pretty close to the bottom after this long journey. a lot to be sorted out. the road sealed off. 8 dead, at least 27 injured. back to you. >>> let's turn to the terrible tragedy in texas. where investigators are trying to figure out why a 25-year-old iraq war veteran killed a renowned navy s.e.a.l. sniper, chris kyle. eddie ray routh is charged with two counts of capital murder. we have more on that. good morning, joe johns. >> reporter: eddie ray routh being held in jail on $3 million bond. a suspect in custody, but there are a lot of questions about what happened at the gun range and why. former navy s.e.a.l. chris kyle, who claimed a record 150 kills in iraq, died at the hands of another vet authorities say. allegedly using a semiautomatic handgun. what police don't know yet is why. >> i don't thank we'll ever know. he's the only one that k
. a lot of folks here are younger voters. younger people who say even though the u.s. right now may be as focused on the debt ceiling and other issues, it's time to look further down the line. >> i'm only 16 and some day, i hope to have my own kids and i think this is, i want them to live in a world that's you know, like environmentally safe and natural. >> a dirty and dangerous pipeline that's going to cut our country in half carrying a very da dangerous fuel and it will cause run away climate change. >> on the flip side, a lot of folks say tighter emission standards have already cost some jobs at plants in places like west virginia. tightening them further is only going to squeeze that part of the economy even more and some of the higher prices will be past on to you and me as consumers. they also argue that the keystone pipeline will be safe with today's technology and will bring jobs to places like nebraska and also help the u.s. become more energy independent. d don? >> chris, thank you very much. >>> she made history just a couple of hours ago. danica patrick became the first
in the u.s. he was archbishop of milwaukee when the cemetery trust fund was established and when the $74 million parish deposit fund was moved. >> archbishop dolan, now cardinal dolan, made a conscious decision to secretly and in a quite sinister way, move funds into parishes and transfer funds into other corporations to avoid having to pay the survivors. >> reporter: ridiculous, says the cardinal. this was his response in february of 2011, when the allegations of sheltering the money first surfaced. >> to think that there was $130 million in hidden funds, like dolan's got some offshore account in the cayman islands or something? this is, this is just ludicrous. >> reporter: cardinal dolan declined an interview with cnn and the attorney representing the cemetery trust fund says the obligation to maintain the cemeteries never ends. no one knows, for sure, how much is enough. an ultimate win for the victims could open up not only the $55 million in the cemetery trust, but future cemetery earnings. a win for the church could provide a blueprint for other diocese going through bankruptcy and
cutting economic aid or foreign aid to these countries where the u.s. needs their assistance to a certain degree in fighting terror? >> i think until pakistan steps up and says we'll not tolerate people who would kill someone like the little girl malala who was shot point blank in the head who survive bud is such a wonderful sweet voice for girls to get educated in pakistan. boy, we shouldn't have to pay pakistan to stand up and for them to eradicate people who would shoot little girls. >> what's the likelihood bottom line, senator, that congress will agree on avoiding these forced budget cuts by march 1st especially given the fact that the senate, for example, is on recess this week? what's going to happen march 1st? >> i think the sequester happens and it will be in some ways a yawn because the histrionics that are coming from the president saying, oh, we're going to shut down and get rid of meat inspectors. is anybody not going to stand up and call his bluff on that ridiculousness? the budgets are not being decreased. we're talking about cutting the rate of growth of budgets. and he ha
footage from a u.s. spy drone. our american secrets now fully exposed. let's go "outfront." >>> and good evening to all of you. i'm erin burnett. "outfront" tonight, we have breaking news. a massive development in a massive manhunt for a trained killer who is vowing revenge on the los angeles police department. we are just learning that a burned out truck near big bear lake, which is about 100 miles east of los angeles, belongs to christopher jordan dorner. dorner is the 33-year-old former lapd officer who has threatened, quote/unquote, unconventional and asymmetrical warfare on his former colleagues. he's also a former navy reserve lieutenant, and is accused of firing on four officers today, one is dead. dorner is also wanted in connection with a double homicide in irvine, where the daughter of a retired police department captain, monica quan, and her fiance, keith lawrence, were killed in the parking lot of their apartment. dorner is suspected of being on the run since sunday, and police warn he is armed and dangerous. and according to a chilling manifesto he posted online, dorner's sh
either. so right now, john, brooke, u.s. still anybody's guess what happened. >> thanks, john. something happened. we'll find out sooner or later. john zarrella, it's dark right now, but the lights will come on at some point. when the lights did go out during the super bowl, did they go out on new orleans's chances at landing another big event? the city council president stacy head with us next. >>> are americans more committed or are they going more on the friends with benefits relationship skew. hmm? match.com with an exclusive look at new numbers, new studies, fascinating stuff. dating in america, coming up this morning. so...how'd it go? well, dad, i spent my childhood living with monks learning the art of dealmaking. you've mastered monkey-style kung fu? no. priceline is different now. you don't even have to bid. master hahn taught you all that? oh, and he says to say (translated from cantonese) "you still owe him five bucks." your accent needs a little work. [ male announcer ] when we built the cadillac ats from the ground up to be the world's best sport sedan... ♪ ...people noti
with their own cell phone cords and bikinis. the women raped, the men helpless to stop it from happening. u.s. a delicate situation he says, but we will apply the full weight to the law against those responsible. all the victims, tourists from spain. one woman from mexico was left unharmed. some neighbors say they heard music coming from the beach house that night, suggesting there may have been a party with no gate, fence, or security, the house easily entered. invaded from the beach. the shocking crime has struck worry and fear in those who know and love this popular vacation destination. >> i'm excited to be here, but at the same time, a little nervous. >> the attack comes as tens of thousands of teens and twenty-something american spring breakers prepare to ascend on acapulco for the annual right of sun, beaches and parties. the city of acapulco has been an oasis of relative calm in the mexican state of guerrero. a place hard hit by drug-related violence. the u.s. state department recommends deferring nonessential travel to southern portions of the state. and even acapulco itself, the bes
. >> secretary of state john kerry offering his view on u.s. foreign policy, his interview with former president jimmy carter, john kerry has a point. almost everything america does on the foreign stage these days does have a direct exact back home. >> the morning of president obama's inauguration, john kerry and his wife came to my hotel room and we had a long conversation about the future of america and of foreign policy, and he expressed the same sentiments to me at the time. >> did you agree with him? > >> yes, i do. no way to separate foreign policy from dmesage fairs. >> there is a sense that president obama's strategy is leading from the back is that the way we should do it let the international community take more of the lion's share of incidents like egypt, libya? >> i think so. one of the ways to avoid america getting into war is to wait until the peace efforts have been exhausted and the united states make as a move, like in the case of libya, so forth. i think some of we've been in war since president eisenhower left office. the united states has been in war almost full time in some
of the possible sequestration, the u.s. navy, cancelling the deployment of some other ships, cancelling some maintenance and pushing back some of the civilian contracts that they had signed. they say this is really just the tip of the iceberg, and down the road you could see a reduction in personnel. you could see training dramatically cut back in a lot of areas. >> chris, if these cuts do go into effect, they will be immediately felt or will be felt in the month his to come? >> reporter: this is going to be the toughest year, because critics will say look, once you get into year three, four and five, then the military will be able to dig in, cancel maybe some of the big contracts so that they can spread out the hurt a little more. the issue here is that pay and benefits take up about a third of the budget. you can't touch that with sequestration. also off limits are the wounded warrior program. they're not going to affect afghanistan that much. so to pull to make the cuts is smaller. and in a limited amount of time, you know, nine months left in a year, six months left in the fiscal year, t
due process and we will continue to monitor the situation closely." >>> turning to your money, u.s. stock markets are poised to open lower this morning. [ bell ringing ] that's after stocks plunged ahead of wednesday's opening bell. the dow jones dropping more than 100 points on worries the federal reserve might scale back its bond buying program. the s&p and nasdaq also closed lower. it's a different story, though, for walmart this morning. the mega retailer reporting a bigger than expected profit last quarter, and the stock is heading higher in premarket trading, but walmart is tampering that optimism and pointing out consumers are growing more cautious. christine romans joins us now from new york and we had heard that walmart's earnings were going to be down. >> look, we know that things were good for walmart in the last part of last year, good holiday season, but carol, the most important thing is what's happening in the first part of this year, and walmart confirming it is worried, specifically the paycheck to paycheck customer is showing signs of slowing in february. what's h
, technically i wear one. the u.s. postal service®, no business too small. >>> good morning. breaking news. pope benedict xvi has announced he is resigning. scheduled to step down on february 24th. he is saying it is because of age and fatigue. we're getting the editor of cnn's belief blog. thank you for talking to us. we know that the pope can resign, canon law in 1917 made it possible. that said, it's incredibly unusual. >> yeah it is incredibly unusual. i was speaking with archbishop a few months ago in springfield and archbishop of miami. he said keep in mind, cardinal ratzinger when he was a cardinal had every intention of retiring. archbishops are forced into retirement at age of 75 if they have not been elevated to cardinal. before he became pope benedict, he every intention of hanging it up are, stepping into the summer of his life and enjoying retirement. he was in many ways a surprise candidate to the pope initially as we talked about. forced retirement, many of them look forward to. i have talked to a lot of cardinals in the retirement age and when you reach that age, keep in mind, ma
believe there's an international jewish lobby that is intimidating congressmen and is controlling the u.s. state department, hagel's your guy. and interestingly, everybody thinks he's going to get confirmed which would just prove that his last conspiracy is false. he was wrong once again. i think these are perfectly legitimate questions to be raising about the next secretary of defense. >> and they're questions that were asked and answered. and they're a little ridiculous to keep harping on those. >> i think that hagel would agree. we're switching gears, turning to the campaign. president obama faced this criticism over plans to help more people go to college. now the president is focused on preschool, and thursday unveiled his new early education plan. amy, i'll talk to but this first. how does this new government-funded plan if over with conservatives? tough to argue, right? >> well, no, because it's a question of whether or not it's the federal government's role to be involved in education or a state function. a lot of conservatives believe it's a state function. education is only fund
. this particular gas station, gas prices are a lot higher, 4.15. as i mentioned, u.s. national average, 3.73. in hawaii, california, higher still, the most expensive place to buy gas right now. 4.28. california not far behind. the cheapest place to buy gas, in wyoming, 3.17. as you mentioned, americans right now spending a lot more money on heating bills, that, of course, means they don't have much money to spare in terms of gas prices, also, we've got taxes going up for a lot of americans. a lot of people seeing paychecks shrink. some taxi drivers, saying they are spending upward of 40, $50, $60 per day. it really is having a huge effect on people. >> what a big mess. thanks, zain appreciate that. >>> jennifer delgado in the weather center this morning with a freeze warning that could spell some serious trouble for florida citrus crops. good morning. >> hi, soledad. the sunshine state needs the sun to come out. temperatures right now still in the mid 20s. we have a hard freeze warning in place anywhere in blue. of course, this is affecting northern and central parts of florida. temperatu
in the u.s., must answer questions about pedophile priests in the los angeles diocese during his watch. now, internal church documents seem to show that mahoney was aware of priests abusing children but went out of his way to shield them from prosecution. we'll have much more on this story when the deposition gets underway this afternoon. >>> the justice department says it will go after lance armstrong for tens of millions of dollars. it will join the lawsuit filed by former postal service teammate floyd landis. now the suit says that armstrong and his team managers defrauded the government by accepting millions in funds. now i asked cycling analyst dave shields if armstrong can ever recover. >> different from athletes who have had maybe falls from grace. a huge parts of his popularity was due to his integrity. when he completely admits that he doesn't have integrity, i think it's going to be very difficult for anybody to trust him in the way that they did in the past. impossible, as a matter of fact. >> armstrong admitted last month to doping during his career. >>> the obama administration
. an embattleled u.s. senator's hitting back at his accusers. new video could potentially support his claim he's the victim of a politically motivated smear campaign. plus, a huge scandal in the world's most popular sport. i'm wolf blitzer. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com >>> but we begin in new orleans. a city deeply embarrassed by the power blackout that interrupted potentially could have changed the course of the super bowl. this is much more than a sports story. it's raising very serious questions about the city's readiness to host big events. cnn's brian todd is in new orleans for us. he's got the very latest on this investigation on what happened during that blackout. brian, what are you learning? >> reporter: wolf, learning se incremental things about the investigation. how it's proceeding, how they're looking into it. and what's interesting is the two entries responsible for handling the power and electricity to the superdome, they're the ones handling it. at various times over the past less than 24 hours since this happened, both
to get information from them. maybe it's my ex-investigator background or prosecutor background or u.s. attorney background, but i see every one of these people as a fertile source of information. even if you're not going to do waterboarding or that stuff, just intense questioning. that's how we got bin laden. a lot of good questions of a lot of people. >> rudy, as always, compelling stuff. thank you very much for joining me. >> thank you, piers. always a pleasure. >> coming up next, a mother's message. i talk to the merth of former kidnap victim jaycee dugard on how to help ethan recover from his harrowing haaostage ordeal. get ready for a lot more of that new-plane smell. we're building the youngest, most modern fleet among the largest us airlines to ensure that you are more comfortable and connected than ever. we are becoming a new american. well, dad, i spent my childhood living with monks learning the art of dealmaking. you've mastered monkey-style kung fu? no. priceline is different now. you don't even have to bid. master hahn taught you all that? oh, and he says to say (translat
. that is very shallow. i'll switch over to miles because we're on the u.s. network now. that's very shallow. we're now talking 18 miles deep. that will make a difference. it should make a difference in that, in fact, the effects it has on the shoreline. because the wave will likely be a bit smaller. we already understand there has been damage to some shorelines so we're not try to minimize this. what i'd rather see is the change we have. which is the earthquake occurred deeper as opposed to more shallow but it was a major, in fact, a great earthquake at 8.0. sometimes you can go through a year without, deb, without getting one of these here, so as a result of this happening, underwater, in the pacific ocean, at the magnitude it did and at the depth that it did, tsunami warnings have been issued and we have multiple territories and countries that are involved. one of them is australia. also new zealand as well in that warning. >> the solomon islands are parent of what's known as the ring of fire. it's an area that's subject to a lot of earthquakes. this area has been hit several types over the l
a small fortune. public records show ceos of top billing hospitals across the u.s. can garner salaries, deferred compensation and other revenues that rival ceos of major for-profit businesses. take a look at this list put together by a health care journal's review of 2010 and 2011 tax filings, which showed ceos of top grossing nonprofit hospitals making multimillion dollar figures. watch as the numbers get bigger. the top salary paid in 2010? dean harrison, chief administrator of the prestigious northwestern memorial hospital in chicago. his salary and one-time bonus earned him a whopping $9.7 million. when we asked about the high salaries and high hospital bills, the american hospital association sent us to taylor, michigan and to malcon henoch at oakwood health care system. even he didn't want to talk about hospital health care executive salaries. he was willing to discuss hospital billing. here the hospital says it tries to work with patients, to understand their bills. >> the information we provide is not perfect. it doesn't disclose everything. and it's not for everyone always eas
, that this is a more significant hit than costa concordia to potential u.s. cruisers. what about a question -- everyone i've talked to today has asked this question, whien did the they have another ship come up and get these people on life boats as difficult and dangerous as that may have been, and get them out of this so they didn't have to go through it? i mean, carnival doesn't have any rescue ability? can you explain? >> well, if you bring another cruise ship up, that's probably one of the most dangerous things you can do, trying to get passengers from one cruise ship to the other. even if you could get them aboard -- through some type of system, you then have the second life -- the second cruise ship with inadequate number of life boats without enough life vests. instantly that second cruise ship would be in violation of the imo regulations. if you try to take them down in life boats, life boat drill is a very dangerous thing. there were five deaths last weekend when a life boat cable broke and killed five crew members. there's no way to do it, unfortunately they had to go through this tortuously
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and read it several times. >> about the crew, i just want to make a point. these are not governed by u.s. labor laws, you talk about the extra hours and the like, it's up to carnival and maritime law to decide what kind of compensation the crew gets for the time and energy and extra time, because they are not governed by u.s. labor law. >> there is a lot of murky law here, that the case? >> to use a maritime expression, yes. some murky law with regard to their compensation. you know, this is not -- we're not talking about millions of dollars. and in the case of somebody who was just in convenienced, and i'm not trying to downplay the conditions on board by any means, because i think they were horrible, horrendous, but, you know, in those circumstances, you know, you've got to -- you got to consider, well, is it worth bringing a lawsuit against carnival in federal court in miami, florida, for that level of damages? >> all right. thank you very much. great to see you. a lot of legal questions. >> christine. >>> a city mayor losing nearly a billion dollars -- yes, a difficult billion dollar
into effect, there were 20 major airlines in the u.s. by 1990, there were only 12 in operation. today just seven. with usair and american merging we'll be down to six. usai and american don't have a lot of overlapping routes or hubs. in the end, there will be about eight routes out of the 900 or so that will only be served by one airline. susan? >> ali velshi, thank you. cnn "newsroom" continues now with deborah feyerick. deb? >> hey there, susan. looking at that freeze-dried pet thing -- >> not over it. >> we can't exactly figure out what to make of that. thanks so much. enjoy the rest of the afternoon. hi, everyone. 12:00 p.m. on the east coast, 9:00 a.m. on the west. i'm deborah feyerick in for fredricka whitfield. if you're just tuning in, thanks for joining us. we have so much coming up for you. these are the top stories we're following right now in the "cnn newsroom." >>> a surprising announcement at the vatican today. a spokesman says the cardinals who will choose a successor to pope benedict xvi could meet sooner than first planned. the vatican says the date could move up with all
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